Here’s what Solar Halos Has to Say About the Bill They Curated for Hopscotch

On Thursday, the North Carolina post-rockers will share a stage with Boris, White Hills, and Mourning Cloaks.

“You can expect it to be really loud,” says guitarist Nora Rogers of Thursday night’s Hopscotch show at King’s, which features sets from White Hills, Mourning Cloaks, Boris, and her band Solar Halos. Their shared love of cranked amps aside, Solar Halos, who also put together the lineup, offer up a distinct and poetic take on post-rock. As their name suggests, the band’s lyrics evoke an ominous reverence for the natural world; sonically, psychedelic rock and metal both serve as touchstones. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a night of contemplative, scorching guitar music—earplugs greatly encouraged.

Catch Solar Halos with Boris, White Hills, and Mourning Cloaks on Thursday, September 5th at Kings. The show starts at 9:00 p.m.

What’s your personal history with Hopscotch?

Solar Halos: We’ve played it at least three times officially, and we’ve played some day parties here and there. It’s a really amazing festival to have so close by. It feels so locally focused, and it gives people a space to do more experimental projects too. With so many people in one place at one time, a lot of new and interesting things seem to happen. It’s such a high caliber event, but there’s also this loose quality to it—like anything could happen.

What is your favorite Hopscotch memory?

The first year we played with Sleep. One year we saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor play outside in the middle of a thunderstorm. Everybody was pushed up against the sides of the building next to where they were playing, watching this amazing lightning storm going on behind this really cinematic music. They played their whole set with hundreds of people huddled under umbrellas alongside a building.

Tell me about the bill you put together for this year’s festival. Why did you pick these artists specifically, and what sort of commonalities were you looking to highlight?

I’m first and foremost a rabid fan of everyone on the lineup. But as far as the show goes, I was thinking about it moving from Earth to sky in a very abstract way. Mourning Cloak is a really funeral doomy band, and then we play music that’s grounded, but with some ethereal psych moments. White Hills pushes even more towards psychedelia, and then Boris is this explosion of fog and air.

What do you love most about being an artist in North Carolina?

We have a really amazing community here. Everybody’s in a lot of bands, so there’s a lot of cross-pollination happening between genres and people. There are also a lot of venues, so it’s pretty easy to get a show or to put one together or to get on a bill with a bigger band. 

How does living here influence the music you create?

Growing up in the ‘90s, music was very label-based and very geographical. Dischord Records sounded like DC, and everywhere had a really tight sound or scene, but it’s hard to put a finger on what it is about the place that makes it that. Music is ultimately affected by where you are and who you’re around and what makes sense, and it feels quite natural.